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Critter control: a little knowledge will help determine what’s causing problems

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By Sharon Dowdy

Special to Poultry Times

ATHENS, Ga. — Chewing pests can cause you to wonder “Who dunnit?”

In west Cobb County, Ga., Bruce Roberts is losing landscape plants to a critter that loves to chew through the main stem of plants just above the roots.

“Several months ago, I noticed one of our nandinas lying on the ground. Something had chewed completely through it just below ground level, where the trunk meets the roots,” he said. “Since then, the same thing has happened with other nandinas, mahonias and hollies.”

Roberts describes the gnaw marks as small. If. . .

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